Iron Mike Norton
The king of swamp stomp...
"Bluesy swamp stomp indeed; this muhfuh is the real deal." - Blurt Magazine
The king of swamp stomp, roots rock recording artist and producer Iron Mike Norton is described by peers and critics as one of the most innovative and creative artists in the genre. Iron Mike combines elements of modern styles like hip hop, rock and techno with traditional hill country slide guitar blues. The result is a sound truly unique to Iron Mike alone.
Based out of the swamps of Florida, Iron Mike has performed for audiences in both the USA and abroad. His ability to cross over into other formats has garnered him the opportunity to work with top artists from not only blues, but artists such as Willie Nelson, and his mentor, Sonny Landreth.
Although he hails from Florida, many fans knew Iron Mike as one of the host acts at Morgan Freeman's, Ground Zero Blue's Club. Mike regularly performed there and at the Juke Joint Festival, both in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The time Iron Mike spent in Clarksdale is credited as a major influence on his "swamp stomp' style.
A multi-instrumentalist, Iron Mike is known by most as a slide guitarist. He is the protege of legendary slide guitar virtuoso, Sonny Landreth. The two became friends in 1997, with Sonny being a constant source of advice and support throughout Iron Mike's career, and performing multiple shows together over the years.
Iron Mike is no one trick pony. With more than 100 published songs to his credit, he identifies himself as a songwriter first and musician second.
Mike has toured the US every year since 2012, playing with acts ranging from Eric Sardinas to The Outlaws, and in 2013 he headlined the Greatest Slide Show On Earth Tour. Iron Mike toured Canada in 2014 and 2015 and was the main subject of the Documentary film, Devil In My Kitchen, that profiled several blues artists, most of whom were regular performers at Ground Zero Blues Club.